U-M Zoom: Spotlighting or Pinning Participants' Videos


U-M Zoom


This article covers spotlighting and pinning videos on the Zoom desktop client and Zoom mobile app.


You can pin or spotlight a video during a meeting.

Pin screen allows you to disable active speaker view and only view a specific speaker. Pinning another user's video will only affect your local view in the Zoom session, not the view of other participants and will not affect cloud recordings.

Spotlight video puts a user as the primary active speaker for all participants in the meeting and cloud recordings. To spotlight, you need at least 3 participants in the meeting with their video on and can only be done by the host. 

To Spotlight or Pin a Video on a Windows or Mac

  1. At the top of your screen, hover over the video of the participant you want to spotlight and click ...
  2. From the menu, choose Pin Video or Spotlight Video.
  3. (Optional) To spotlight or pin additional videos (up to 9 total), follow steps 1 and 2 again as needed
  4. (Optional) If you have at least 3 participants in the meeting and dual monitor enabled, you will have the option to pin to your first screen or your second screen.

To Cancel a Spotlight or Pin on a Windows or Mac

  1. Click Remove Pin/Spotlight in the upper-left corner of the video area. 
  2. This will return the meeting to Active Speaker. 

Spotlight when I speak on a Windows or Mac

Spotlight when I speak displays your video on your own screen when you are in Active Speaker Video Layout and are talking. This can be useful if you are recording locally

To enable this setting:

  1. Login to the desktop client
  2. Click your profile picture then click Settings
  3. Click the Video tab
  4. Check Spotlight my video when I Speak.

Additional Information

You can find more information about spotlighting and pinning videos on different platforms here


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